Welcome to the ClimbingTechTips Sport Climbing video series.
Sport climbing is a great way to get into lead climbing and build strength, while spending time with friends in the great outdoors. Additionally, sport climbing is more approachable than traditional climbing because it does not require the time and technical proficiency of placing “trad gear” (cams, stoppers, etc.) while on lead. Just clip the bolts and climb on!
Sport climbing helps the leader build endurance, mental fortitude, technical skills, route finding, and movement skills. It also requires less gear, so the point of entry for sport climbing is less expensive — and it often involves less hiking to get to the crag, as compared to traditional (“trad”) climbing areas.
That stated, sport climbing is potentially dangerous and should not be taken lightly. It requires specific skills, as shown in this video series.
Sport climbing requires physical ability, but also demands common sense and the ability to assess risk. This series should be used in conjunction with our Gym Lead Climbing series. Also be sure to review our previous outdoor climbing videos on Tying In, Basic Anchor Building, Belaying, Partner Communications, and Rappelling.
Let’s get started! Our Sport Climbing video series is below. Be careful out there, and be sure to have fun!
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Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.